RTL Group has announced the appointment of Andreas Fischer as RTL Group’s new Senior Vice President Business Development and Regional Operations CEE & Asia, effective January 1st 2017. In this capacity, he will succeed Andreas Rudas and report to RTL Group Co-CEO Guillaume de Posch.
With his contract as Executive Vice President Regional Operations & Business Development CEE and Asia ending as of December 31st 2016 and his 63rd birthday approaching in November, RTL Group and Rudas decided by mutual agreement that Rudas will continue to serve RTL Group as a consultant with a focus on RTL Hungary as from January 1st 2017. In this capacity, he will keep his seat on the Board of RTL Hungary and will be elected Vice-Chairman of the Board.
Fischer will take over Andreas Rudas’s role at RTL Group, overseeing the broadcasting operations in Croatia, Hungary, Southeast Asia and the German radio business on a day-to-day basis. In this capacity, Fischer will be elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTL Hungary, RTL Croatia, RTL Radio Deutschland and RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. Gabriella Vidus, CEO of RTL Hungary, Henning Tewes, CEO of RTL Croatia, and Gert Zimmer, CEO of RTL Radio Deutschland, will report to Guillaume de Posch.
In his future role, Fischer will continue to manage and co-ordinate RTL Group’s Synergy Committees and business development activities. Additionally, he will become a member of the RTL Group Operations Management Committee (OMC).
A joint statement from Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch, Co-CEOs of RTL Group, says: “On behalf of RTL Group, we would like to wholeheartedly thank Andreas Rudas for his service and dedication to our Group. As Chairman of the Board of RTL Hungary – and for a few months in 2015 as Interim CEO – he was decisive to steer the company through the difficult times that it has been facing in recent years. We are happy that we were able to secure Andreas Rudas’ expertise as he will continue to work as a consultant to the Group.”
“We are very pleased that we have found a successor for Andreas Rudas from within RTL Group. In 16 years in different roles at RTL Group, Andreas Fischer gained detailed and extensive knowledge of the markets, our company and our strategy. With this vast experience, he is the perfect fit to continue the work that was started by Andreas Rudas in Asia and continue our success story in Central and Eastern Europe – and for German radio. We wish him all the best for his new role.”